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Bumps all over and become bigger if I scratch-- is it hives?
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Dr. Martin Ostro
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Could be
Hives are bumpy, itchy and enlarge if scratch.
If indiviual bumps last longer than 24 hours or leave a bruise or pigmentation when they resolve, then these aren't typical hives and an md should be consulted. If taking Cetirizine (generic zyrtec) 10 mg, 1 tablet per day eliminates all itching and skin changes, then it is likely that you have hives. Check with an allergist for proper management.

In brief: Could be
Hives are bumpy, itchy and enlarge if scratch.
If indiviual bumps last longer than 24 hours or leave a bruise or pigmentation when they resolve, then these aren't typical hives and an md should be consulted. If taking Cetirizine (generic zyrtec) 10 mg, 1 tablet per day eliminates all itching and skin changes, then it is likely that you have hives. Check with an allergist for proper management.
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